The Chandigarh Education Department will prepare a list of children from the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and recommend their names for admission to private schools. The department has also asked the schools to publish their EWS admissions through public notices.
As per rules, all private schools have to admit 15 per cent of their students from the EWS category at entry level classes. However, not all schools fulfil this condition.
Director, Public Instructions, (Schools) Kamlesh Kumar said, “When private schools are asked to submit their details every year, as to how many students they have filled under the EWS category, most schools show a shortfall and come up with an excuse that the EWS students do not come forward to take admission. We cannot entertain such excuses. This is why we have offered a little help to the schools.”
“We have a lot of students from the EWS background who are willing to study in the private schools. We will prepare a list of such children and will recommend them to those schools which find it hard to fill up their entry level seats,” Kumar added.
The education department has also proposed an open forum for hearing for all private schools, where the representatives will be invited to share the number of seats allocated under each category and the number of vacant seats in the respective schools.
Amita Khurana, principal of Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22 said, “Since we have certain seats vacant under the EWS category, we wrote to the education office that we are not managing to fill up the seats and asked them to send us some children.”
N Bedi, principal of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Sector 40, said, “We are a charity school and we have been filling up all the seats under the EWS category and otherwise as well. We offer free education to orphans and the ones whose parents cannot afford their studies. We have some seats vacant and if the department wants to send some children to us, we are open to it and would welcome it.”
Though the name of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public school is on the list of defaulters that have failed to fill the required number of EWS seats under the land allotment scheme, the principal said that she did not receive any notice from the department.